Workplace accommodations fact sheet

By Molly Touger

Expert reviewed by James Emmett, MS

The word accommodation may sound technical, but it’s a simple idea. In the workplace, accommodations are changes that support the different ways people think, move, and interact.

Workplace accommodations are not special treatment. They remove barriers so people with disabilities can do their jobs.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) makes “reasonable accommodation” a right for employees with disabilities. It also covers job seekers. If you need an accommodation to do a core part of your job or to access benefits, your employer has to work with you to find a solution.

The ADA applies to workplaces with 15 or more employees. Similar state laws often apply to smaller employers.

Download this one-page fact sheet to learn more about workplace accommodations.

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A huge number of things can be considered accommodations. For example, noise-canceling headphones might help an employee with ADHD concentrate. A flexible schedule might help an employee with a chronic illness keep up with work while juggling medical appointments. Use these resources to learn more:

About the author

About the author

Molly Touger is a writer and instructional designer based in Brooklyn, New York.

Reviewed by

Reviewed by

James Emmett, MS is the lead workplace strategist for Understood, supporting our efforts to create more inclusive workplaces for people with disabilities.


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